Anyway, since my life involves an atypical amount of naps at the moment, I figured I would quickly talk about something I get a lot of questions about - where the heck am I from? This is the abridged version, since I'm guessing you guys have somewhere to be. No? Just as bored and sad as me? Cool.
I was born in South Africa. My parents had a cabbage farm of some kind. It was weird. It was my first experience being the privileged white girl - relative, of course, to the people who lived around us. We had Xhosa maids, farm hands and nannies who lived in huts next door. They taught me to click my words like the best of them. A big part of me is glad I didn't spend my entire childhood in that setting - it's odd.
Hawaii! Learned that I was bad at both surfing and hula dancing. Lived on a coffee farm. Lived on a ranch. Had llamas, buffalo and a zorse (half zebra/half horse) named Zeb. Spent ten years wishing I could leave because it was boring. Once I left, I spent ten years wishing I could go back because it was awesome.
|Some of the buffalo from the ranch|
|Hated these llamas with a passion|
Germany: I moved here for my final year of high school with my family. I was lost and confused for months and then at some point, the language finally made sense to me. The town I lived in - Herzogenaurach - sounded like the noise you make when you sneeze.
Pennsylvania: While my family was in Germany, I decided I needed to go to an American school for college. I chose a private Christian campus where there was a real rule called "four feet on the floor" to prevent couples from getting too cozy. Mind you, the opposite sex still had to sign in, leave the lights on and have the door wide open. Wild times, wild times.
England: Does this even count? While I went to England a lot growing up to see my family (my mom is English) I did actually live there for a few months when I was 17. I worked and lived with my grandparents for a summer after my freshman year of college. It's cold there in the winter. Boo. They mix beer with 7-up, yay!
|Best Summer Drink = Shandy. Half lager, half sprite.|
New Jersey: I rounded out my college career in New Jersey. It was a dumb move. I regret it. Let's move on since you guys probably know all about Jersey already.
Hong Kong: My family moved to Hong Kong and I wanted to hang out with them one summer. I accidentally stayed for four years. It's a cool place, Hong Kong. It's also exhausting. Like, going to the grocery store is exhausting. In case you think everything was high rise buildings made of platinum, here's the entrance to our flat right before we moved to Georgia:
|I don't even want to tell you how much rent at this place was. Far too much for a fifth floor walk up above a temple that burned incense all day long.|
Georgia: We googled "cheap land in America". Georgia came up. We bookmarked some land because it had a pond and Tim likes fish. We flew to Georgia, bought said land and then got married in HK to make it official. We've been here ever since!
So, to recap....born in Africa, bad at surfing, no sexy times in college, tea and crumpets, Jersey sucks and Hong Kong makes me tired. Got it?
Have you moved around a lot in your life?
I suppose so. Initially just because of my parents, but now I actually get bored of places pretty quickly and like to move on.
Would you like to stay where you live for a while or move somewhere new? What's your dream destination and your practical destination?
Lately for some reason I've been dreaming of moving to the Middle East. In a safe place like Oman or Dubai. Just because it's somewhere I don't know much about and would like to learn. Practical destination - for some reason I want to live in Austin. No idea why and I've never even been there.